Governor's Pub and Eatery

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CAN$30 and under
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Seafood
Welcome to Governors Pub & Eatery, a superb Cape Breton seafood restaurant renowned for its fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, home-cooked meals and fabulous, friendly service. Located in the historic home of the first mayor of Sydney, Governors is a mixture of old world in a contemporary, vibrant setting, with two outdoor patios, local craft beer and cider beer garden overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour. Live Local music daily.
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Atlantic Canada
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time here - great food and great service - we want to come back next time we are in town!!!

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the mussels....the BEST I ever had!!!! Lobster roll and seafood chowder were good but not great.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Alround good experience rating +4

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food at Governor's Pub may be wonderful or terrible. I'll never know. My wife and I arrived a few minutes early for our 8 pm reservation on Sunday, Sept. 1 only to be informed that there would be a one hour wait. The reservation had been confirmed on Open Table. We went elsewhere.

A
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice meal! Prices were decent with lots of options on the menu. Good, higher-end pub food.

t
Naples
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had fish and chips and halibut. Both very good. Twiced baked potato was especially good. James, our waiter, was knowledgeable and efficient. Definitely need a reservation when rainy as majority of seating is outside and thus limited during rain days. Hostess seems unhappy with her job but the rest of the staff was very friendly and anxious to please.

k
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good. I wanted lobster but it came out chewy and a little tough so I sent it back and got the salmon minus the glaze. That was done very well. The veggies that came with it were a bit over done. Service was very good!

NL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived early but the staff was really accommodating. The food was excellent and it was a perfect end to our visit in Sydney.

OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lives up to its reputation. Service and food was excellent. I had the seafood risotto, some of the best risotto I’ve ever had.

JO
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious, as per usual! But we feel like our reservation was forgotten about as it took about 3-4 minutes to find us a table, and our server seemed to forget about us! But we’ll be back as the food can’t be beat!

JO
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Ordered the lobster sandwich. There was more red onion and lettuce than lobster, menu said lobster and mayo, no mention of red onion or lettuce, it wasn't chunks of lobster, minced, emailed Governor's but did not get a response back, very disappointing

MH
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on the recommendation of our BNB host. Made reservations on a Monday, glad we did; place was hopping. Naked oysters, mussels to start were fantastic! Followed by lobster risotto for me and lobster roll for my dinner date. Everything was great. Our server was so friendly and service was good. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Governors Pub.

s
New England
66 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I dined here while in Sydney. Although it was before the tourist season (May), the place was full on a Friday night. The noise level was high and there was live music on the second floor. Although the music sounded good we were glad to be seated on the first floor as it was really loud. The food was good and the waitress was extremely good. She appeared to be waiting on ten or a dozen tables including large groups yet the meal went smoothly. The food was good. The wine list very limited - a common problem we encountered in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Sydney has a very limited choice in restaurants and this is a good one.

LP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!!!

OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful experience. The staff and food are among my favourites

OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent

BG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food & atmosphere were all excellent. Great evening & looking forward to returning.

DG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was excellent.
Great place.

K
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Adam, was very helpful...funny.....making our experience a very nice one and the service was great. Like the atmosphere and the food was very tasty. Good value for my dollar.

K
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I order the same dish every time, the lime-marinated tofu with coconut risotto.
Awesome dish.
Wine is fabulous.
And the wait staff are fabulous!!

JO
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was off this time no bacon on the potato skins, just cheese mostly, steak was over done, & we hardly seen our server to tell her until it was too late

JO
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Satisfactory meal, service was a little slow

JO
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure, great food and atmosphere!

K
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went in for a late lunch. Service was great and the food very tasty. Very nice atmosphere.

FC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Best lopster id never eaten!! Good service and good place

JO
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, it was a great meal, with excellent service! It’s one of our favourite places in Sydney to dine!

l
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

They do not use open table and did not know about my reservation.

JW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Switched pasta sauces for us! Highly recommend!

JO
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

It was incredibly busy, so service was a little slow, but as usual the food was great!

RG
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the lobster poutine, and it was over the top delicious comfort food! My waiter was very professional and entertaining!!

VA
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was excellent, but the food was just average. Great location very close to Sydney harbour with a great view of the harbour from the terrace.

JA
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favourite spot in Sydney, excellent atmosphere,great service, food is delicious.

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great meal at Governors with our family, the food and service was excellent.

MS
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Don't let the exterior that makes it look like a solely "good times" tourist bar fool you. The food is top rate along with the service. We ate outside on a pleasant evening and stayed for after dinner drinks and dessert. The dish shown is flounder with light sauce.

DF
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Our lobster dinner came over an hour after ordering. To make up for it we did receive free dessert. Which we took but it was so late eating everything I felt gross all night.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fish and chips in Sydney

EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Not impressed.Mussels bland.Pasta dish so salty it was returned.Waiter kept forgetting things.staff friendly

OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

David (waiter) was excellent!!! (As usual :)).

EW
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All best thanks alot perfect food and ambience
Good price for what we got

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